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Coin: Twenty Pence 2008 (Dent design)
Description

In August 2005 the Royal Mint launched a competition to find new reverse designs for all circulating coins apart from the £2 coin. The winner, announced in April 2008, was Matthew Dent, whose designs were gradually introduced into the circulating British coinage from mid-2008.

The designs for the 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p and 50p coins depict sections of the Royal Shield that form the whole shield when placed together. The shield in its entirety is featured on the £1 coin.

The 20p coin depicts the meeting point of the second and fourth quarter of the shield, showing the Lion Rampant of Scotland and the Lions Passants of England. The date no longer appears on the reverse of the coin, and has instead been added to the obverse, where the lettering has been adjusted so as to fit the date in.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling
Face value20 (x Penny) TypeTwenty Pence (Dent design)
Year2008 CurrentYes
Mintage115,142,000 (115.1 million) RarityC (Common)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark 115,142,000 (115.1 million), Rarity: C (Common)
MaterialCuproNickel DesignerMatthew Dent
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapePolygon (Heptagon)
Size (mm)21.4000 Thickness (mm)1.7000
Mass (g)5
Obverse

Crowned head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (effigy known as the "Fourth portrait"). In tiny letters below head the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley). Around, the legend and date ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 2008 (Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith).

Obverse inscription ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 2008
Reverse

The reverse of the 20p coin depicts the meeting point of the second and fourth quarter of the Royal Shield, showing the Lion Rampant of Scotland and the Lions Passants of England. The denomination TWENTY PENCE is around right.

Reverse inscriptionTWENTY PENCE
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone
Twenty Pence 2008 (Dent design): Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
In The Royal Shield of Arms mint sets 100,000 (included in main number)
Dateless 20 Pence (mule) 50,000 (included in main number) (hover mouse for text)
Proof FDC, The Royal Shield of Arms set 20,000 (included in main number)
Silver Proof FDC, The Royal Shield of Arms set 10,000 (hover mouse for text)
Silver Proof Piedfort FDC, The Royal Shield of Arms set 3,000 (hover mouse for text)
Gold Proof FDC, The Royal Shield of Arms set 886 (hover mouse for text)
Platinum Proof FDC, The Royal Shield of Arms set 184
Twenty Pence 2008 (Dent design): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 1111, 1111a (Silver)
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom4631, 4631A (No Date mule)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 1111b (Gold), 1111c (Platinum)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 1122 (No Date mule)
Twenty Pence 2008 (Dent design): References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Royal Mint 2016 Mint link
Royal Mint 2016 Mintage link Circulation mintage
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom Mintage Proof and sets mintage
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom Varieties Proofs, mint sets
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